The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

With the door open, I swung my feet onto the soft grass. Dad’s back was to me as he stood in front of the wooden sign. Welcome to Watersend. He ran his hand across the top edge of it. We’d never been here; I’d never seen this sign, and my heart did a quick step, … Continue reading The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

Book Review: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott

"Still," she continued," one's sex is sometimes a handicap, especially in our own institution, where those few of us who have not served as commanders of a large navy vessel are expected to prove our worth in riskier ways. It's a fine line one has to walk to survive te executive gauntlet. A woman must … Continue reading Book Review: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott

Book Review: Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Vanessa once asked Mother why everyone cries for girls. It doesn't seem fair that boys are greeted with celebration, but that everyone cried when she came sliding into the world on a river of salt and blood. Mother told her she's understand when she was older. As if plucked right out from a nightmare, Gather … Continue reading Book Review: Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Book Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

The next morning, the head ranger came in and offered Olive a box of doughnuts as if sugar might cushion the blow, and Jonathan got to watch his daughter’s face collapse inward as this weather-battered man uttered the words We’re calling off the search. The understanding hit him like a fist in the gut a … Continue reading Book Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Author Interview: Bianca Marais, author of Hum If You Don’t Know The Words

Hum If You Don't Know The Words published in early July and I had the honor of asking the author, Bianca Marais, some questions about the profound story she told through the experiences of two very different characters in South Africa in the 1970s. I hope you enjoy what she has to say about her … Continue reading Author Interview: Bianca Marais, author of Hum If You Don’t Know The Words

Book Review: The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Rupert believed in his sons, and his belief in them was the greatest thing he gave them. He simply couldn’t show them affection. It seemed inevitable to Eleanor that Rupert had managed his final illness to make physical touch impossible, as if he’d been traveling toward the point his whole life. His last coherent words … Continue reading Book Review: The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Book Review: Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais

It had been an ordinary Sunday in every way. My parents fought and then made up and then fought again, switching from being adversaries to allies so seamlessly that you couldn’t put your finger on the moment when the lines were crossed and recrossed. Cat perfectly acted out her part of the quiet understudy twin, … Continue reading Book Review: Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais